Do Flushable Wipes Clog Your Drains?

Many consumers from Duluth to Rochester have tried using flushable moist wipes. They are touted as providing the best cleaning alternative and claim to be perfectly safe for your plumbing and drains. However, the longer homeowners use this new alternative to toilet paper, the more the Paul Bunyan Plumbing And Drain team is discovering very nasty drain clogs. And it has everyone wondering if these wipes are actually flushable, or is this false advertising?

What Is Flushable?

In general, many items can be flushed down the toilet, but that should never find their way into your home’s drain lines. Our experts have removed everything from mittens and socks to tiny stuffed animals from our customer’s drains. And while they obviously fit down the drain, it was not a wise choice to flush them. And it appears that the flushable wipes that are growing in popularity fall into the same category.

What Makes Toilet Paper Totally Unique?

Most of us don’t give toilet paper the respect it deserves. Yet, this simple product does a tough job and can almost disappear as soon as it hits the water. TP is the only product on the market that offers these amazing qualities. And it is the only one that is safe and recommended for use in your drain and sewer lines. All other paper products, including napkins, tissues, flushable wipes, and paper towels, will clump into a ball when they get wet and begin to create a drain clog.

Is Any One Brand Better Than The Others?

Unfortunately, there is no wonder brand of flushable wipe that is faster to dissolve than all the others. And while it is a nice idea to have a more durable product for cleaning, it is not feasible. If these wipes could disintegrate like traditional toilet paper, they would be a wet glob by the time you got them home from the store to use because they are already moist.

Is There A Drain-Safe Solution?

Knowing that flushable wipes do not break down like toilet paper, you are left to make your own judgment call about using them. In a pinch, using one is not the end of the world. It will not hit the water in your drain lines and instantly form a clog. However, it will contribute to any blockage issue that is already present. So you need to decide if you are willing to take the chance of creating a clog in your home’s drain line.

In addition, if you have been using these products and are concerned about the increased potential for a nasty drain clog and sewage flood in your home, a professional drain cleaning is the solution. The experts at Paul Bunyan offer many drain-safe cleaning and clog removal methods that will eliminate even the toughest clogs created by flushable wipes.

Call 612-340-1444 to schedule a professional drain cleaning with a Paul Bunyan expert or if you are experiencing a drain clog and need emergency service to restore the function of your home’s drains and sewer line.


Paul Bunyan Plumbing & Drains

5720 International Parkway
New Hope, MN 55428